This summer’s comedy schedule is looking strong, with the return of Parlour Car at Sportsman’s Club, plus some exciting big-name comics like Judah Friedlander and Leslie Jones. Here are some of the best comedy shows to put on your busy summer calendar.
Parlour Car [Summer Camp] at Sportsman’s Club
Local stand-up comedy scene stalwart Parlour Car announced it will be doing a three-week run of shows in July with a summer camp theme. The performances will take place on the spacious back patio of Sportman’s Club, replete with a huge stone fireplace and s’mores after each show. Previous drop-ins at Parlour Car shows include Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, and Kyle Kinane.
Details: July 11, 8:30 p.m.; free
Michael Che and Cipha at Lincoln Hall
Stand-up comic and Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update coanchor Che is coming to town for four shows over three nights. For this run, he has paired up with the multihyphenate Cipha Sounds (DJ, comedian, producer, TV personality), and the tour is being billed as “Liberal but Gangsta.” Expect mostly stand-up from Che, and a combination of music and comedy from Cipha.
Details: July 18–20; $40
Shane Torres at Zanies
As lovable as he is hilarious, Torres returns to Chicago for a few nights at Zanies in Old Town. He made his TV debut on Conan in 2013 and has since scored both an album and a Comedy Central half hour, as well as appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang! And if you can’t make the weeknight shows, he’ll be performing five more shows at the Zanies location in Rosemont July 25–27.
Details: July 22–24; $25
Judah Friedlander: Future President 2019 Tour at the Hideout
The self-imposed “World Champion,” Judah Friedlander stops by the Hideout for two nights, where he promises to “…satirize American exceptionalism, the systemic power structures that control America, and how America deals with all of its human rights issues.” Admittedly, it sounds a little heavy for a comedy show, but if anyone can make these topics funny, it’s the World Champ.
Details: July 31 and August 1, 8:30 p.m.; $20
Jeremy Piven at the Vic Theatre
PASS, he’s canceled hunny.
Details: August 9
Leslie Jones at the Vic Theatre
A cast member of SNL for four seasons, Jones brings her larger-than-life personality to the Vic for one night only. In addition to her work on the show (which has garnered her an Emmy nom and a slot on Time magazine’s “100 List”), Jones has been performing stand-up for well over a decade. Anyone who is a fan of her work will certainly enjoy her performance.
Details: August 15, 7:30 p.m.; $49